Dubai to add 600MW of clean energy capacity in 2021

Emirate aims to generate 75% of its total power from clean energy sources by 2050

This screenshot from undated footage released by Strategy & Government Communications of Dubai, shows the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, about 50 kilometres south of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the oil-rich UAE, an unusual sight is rising in Dubai -- a coal-fired power plant, a first for the region. The $3.4 billion Hassyan power plant in Dubai appears puzzling as the UAE hosts the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency. (Strategy & Government Communications of Dubai via AP)
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Dubai is planning to add 600 megawatts of clean energy capacity in 2021 through new solar installations amid plans to boost its renewable energy capacity.

The emirate will also commission the first stage of the 300MW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in July, Dubai Media Office said on Sunday, citing a statement from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

The entity will also commission the world's tallest concentrated solar power tower at 262.44 metres with a capacity of 100MW in September and 200MW from the parabolic trough as part of the fourth phase of the solar park by the end of 2021.

With the addition of new plants, Dewa’s total clean energy capacity will increase to 1,613MW from 1,013MW currently. Clean energy capacity in Dubai's energy mix will be about 10 per cent in July and 12 per cent by the end of the year.

“The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of Dewa’s key projects to achieve this vision and increase the share of clean and renewable energy capacity in Dubai’s energy mix,” said Saeed Al Tayer, managing director & chief executive of Dewa.

“This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to provide 75 per cent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.”

Many countries across the world are building new, renewable energy projects to reduce emissions. Costs have also come down, prompting countries to take up new projects.

Dewa's major projects, which are based on the independent power producer model, attracted about Dh40 billion ($10.8bn) in investment, Mr Al Tayer said.

The amount of power generated from renewable energy in the UAE will increase to 21 per cent in 2030 and 44 per cent by 2050, from 7 per cent last year, as more new projects come online, according to Rystad Energy.

Abu Dhabi is also developing new, renewable energy projects including the world's largest solar plant at Al Dhafra with a total capacity of 2 gigawatts as part of the UAE's efforts to increase clean energy capacity.

A consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, or Taqa, and Masdar, in partnership with France’s EDF Renewables and China's JinkoPower, is building the new plant that is expected to be fully operational next year.